The Display Spooled File 2 command is similar to the system DSPSPLF
command. DSPSPLF2 is intended for users who operate from
workstations which display 132 column mode. Because the font size
can be difficult to read on certain devices, some users may prefer to
force an 80 wide display. Those devices which use a PC monitor can
take excessive time when the display changes from 80 to 132 column
mode and vice versa.
DSPSPLF2 reads the data and uses an 80 wide display file to display
the spooled file. It is very effective on small spooled files. All
the functions of DSPSPLF such as windowing, rolling, paging, folding,
and searching are supported. Help text is also provided.
Two significant functions have been added to DSPSPLF2 over the system
DSPSPLF command. See the later section on enhancements.
Some users may prefer to see a larger size font on the 80 wide
display and may wish to force the use of DSPSPLF2 even though they
have a 132 wide capable device. The default is to use the 80 wide
display if the print width is 78 bytes or less.
A typical command would be entered as:
The first time DSPSPLF2 is used, a data area (TAADSPSPL2) is
established in QTEMP using defaults. By default, the values in the
data area determine if the DSPSPLF2 function or the DSPSPLF system
command should be used. The QTEMP data area can be changed by the
user with the CHGSPLF2 command.
See the later section on CHGSPLF2 options.
The FRC80WIDE parameter may be used on DSPSPLF2 to force the 80 wide
display of the DSPSPLF2 function.
System wide use of DSPSPLF2
While DSPSPLF2 can be used as an individual command, the intended use
is system wide to be used instead of the system DSPSPLF command.
Because DSPSPLF2 determines if its function or the normal DSPSPLF
command should be used, a system wide solution is practical.
Such functions as WRKSPLF, WRKOUTQ, PDM, SEU etc, provide menu
options for DSPSPLF. The Security Officer can easily set up an
environment where DSPSPLF2 will be used instead.
You can have all combination of PC devices, 80 wide workstation
devices, or 132 wide workstation devices on the same system and still
use a system wide DSPSPLF2 solution.
Defaults exist so that the use of the DSPSPLF2 function will only be
selected based on the device and the spooled file characteristics.
The Security Officer can change the shipped defaults to make a
tailored solution. Individual users could tailor the values used for
their job with the CHGSPLF2 command.
See the later section on 'Creating a System Wide Solution for
There are two significant enhancements that have been made to
DSPSPLF2 over the system command DSPSPLF.
** Searches that 'ignore case'. DSPSPLF requires that the search
value be entered exactly as the data appears in the spooled
file. The search only finds the data that is the 'same case'.
DSPSPLF2 supports this as an option, but uses a default of
'ignore case' meaning that both the search value and the data
are translated to upper case and then compared.
** Enter key does not do a return. DSPSPLF will end if the Enter
is pressed without any entries in the Control field. DSPSPLF2
produces an error message and requires the use of F3 or F12.
This avoids the situation where it has taken several seconds
to get to the display and then have an inadvertent Enter key
end the function.
When DSPSPLF2 is run, it checks for a data area in QTEMP with the
name of TAADSPSPL2. If the data area does not exist, it is created
with default values. The Security Officer can change the shipped
defaults (See the later section on 'Changing the Shipped Defaults').
An individual user can use CHGSPLF2 at any time to modify the
defaults for his job.
The options in the data area allow:
** Whether DSPSPLF2 should be used or not. The shipped default
is *DEV78 which means:
If the print width is 78 bytes or less, the DSPSPLF2 function
If the print width is more than 78 bytes, the device type is
checked for '132 wide capable'. If it is recognized as '132
wide capable', the system DSPSPLF command is used. If it is
not in the list, the DSPSPLF2 function is used. See the later
discussion on '132 Wide Device Capability'.
A *YES may be entered to use DSPSPLF2 based on the maximum
number of pages parameter.
*NO may be entered to always cause the use of DSPSPLF.
** Maximum pages for DSPSPLF2. If the spooled file has many
pages, the use of DSPSPLF2 is questionable from a performance
viewpoint. The shipped default is 100 pages, but this may
need to be varied based on CPU model and personal desires. If
the maximum value is exceeded, DSPSPLF is used automatically.
There is a limitation to DSPSPLF2 of 9,999 print lines
(assuming 50 lines to a page, this would be approximately 200
pages). If more than 9,999 print lines exist, DSPSPLF is used
automatically. There is also a limitation of 1000 pages. If
this value is exceeded, DSPSPLF is used automatically.
** Maximum pages for status message. The shipped default is 25.
DSPSPLF2 must use CPYSPLF internally to access the spooled
data. If the number of pages exceeds 25, a status message is
sent while CPYSPLF is in operation. This informs the user of
the delay, but since the message may be annoying and the time
will vary per CPU, the user is allowed control over if and
when the message is sent.
To test the DSPSPLF2 function, try the command on one of your spooled
If the title is 'Display Spooled File 2 - TAA' you are looking at the
DSPSPLF2 screen You can try out the functions of the Control field,
the Find field (search), and the fold function. They should be
similar to the system DSPSPLF function.
If you see the normal DSPSPLF screen, enter the command CHGSPLF2 and
press F4 to prompt. Change the ALWUSE value from to *YES. Then try
DSPSPLF2 performs well up to a file of about 100 pages. If large
files are used, the CPYSPLF time gets to be rather large. However,
if you spend a lot of time with the spooled file, you may still
The first time DSPSPLF2 is run, it will create the TAADSPSPL2 data
area in QTEMP. Further use of DSPSPLF2 in the same job should cause
If you roll thru the file, internal arrays are used to keep track of
which page and line number is associated with each spooled file
record. If you skip to a page or record number (or Bottom) where the
spooled file record has not been read, all of the records from the
last record read to the one required are read. If the spooled record
you want has already been read, skipping forward or backward by page,
by a count, or by a relative count is fast.
The search function is performed by reading the records and using the
RPG scan op code. This is slower than the DSPSPLF function, but the
performance is probably better than you would expect.
DSPSPLF2 Command Parameters *CMD
The parameters are the same as the system DSPSPLF command.
FILE The spooled file name to be displayed.
JOB The job name, user name, and job number of the
spooled file. The default is * meaning the current
SPLNBR The spooled file number. The default is *ONLY. The
special value *LAST or a spooled file number may be
FOLD A *YES/*NO value that determines if the data will be
folded. The default is *NO meaning one line will be
used per spooled line. If *YES is specified the
first record in the file is is displayed in a folded
manner. A function key also allows 'fold mode'
during the display.
FRC80WIDE A *YES/*NO value that determines if the 80 wide
display file will be forced. The default is *NO in
which case the values in the TAADSPSPL2 data area
are used to determine if the 80 wide function is
*YES may be specified to force the 80 wide display
function of DSPSPLF2.
CHGSPLF2 Command Parameters *CMD
A prompt override program exists for use if F4 is pressed when the
command is entered. The information is taken from the TAADSPSPL2
data area in QTEMP. The documentation describes the defaults for
each of the command parameters, but if F4 is used, the user will see
the values that exist in the data area.
On the first use of DSPSPLF2 or CHGSPLF2, the data area is created in
QTEMP based on defaults. See the section on 'Changing the Shipped
ALWUSE The default is *DEV78 which means:
If the print width is 78 bytes or less, the DSPSPLF2
function is used. This allows easier viewing for
smaller width spooled files.
If the print width is greater than 78 bytes, the
device type is checked against a list of devices
within the program. If the device type is
recognized as '132 wide capable', the system DSPSPLF
command is used. If the device is not recognized as
'132 wide capable'. the DSPSPLF2 function is used.
See the later section for more details about how the
device types are recognized as '132 wide capable'.
*YES may be entered to allow the use of DSPSPLF2
based on the maximum number of pages parameter. See
also the restrictions for when DSPSPLF is used
*NO may be entered to always cause the use of
MAXPAGES The default is 100. If the number of pages in the
spooled file exceeds the value specified, DSPSPLF is
MAXSTS The maximum number of pages in the spooled file that
must exist before a status message is sent
explaining the use of CPYSPLF which is used
internally by DSPSPLF2.
The default is 25. If DSPSPLF is used based on the
other parameters, the MAXSTS value is ignored.
Creating a System Wide Solution for DSPSPLF2
The Security Officer (or any user with *ALLOBJ special authority)
should do the following:
1. If you already have a user library in front of QSYS on the
system portion of the library list, skip to step 5.
2. Create a special library such as QSYSCHANGE.
CRTLIB LIB(QSYSCHANGE) TEXT('Used for special +
objects ahead of QSYS') AUT(*USE)
It is important that you specify AUT(*USE) and carefully
control what is placed in this library as it can represent
significant security and integrity considerations. Specifying
AUT(*USE) prevents other users from adding objects to the
3. Use WRKSYSVAL for QSYSLIBL and add the library you created
ahead of QSYS.
4. Because the system portion of the library list is set when you
begin the job, signoff and signon again.
Do DSPLIBL to ensure the library is in front of QSYS and then
continue with Step 6.
5. Check the library that is in front of QSYS on the library list
with EDTOBJAUT. Ensure that the *PUBLIC has *USE authority.
This allows them access to the library, but prevents adding
objects to the library. Only users with *ALLOBJ special
authority should be allowed to add objects because of security
and integrity reasons.
6. Duplicate the DSPSPLF2 command from TAATOOL to the special
library and rename it to DSPSPLF:
CRTDUPOBJ OBJ(DSPSPLF2) FROMLIB(TAATOOL) +
OBJTYPE(*CMD) TOLIB(xxxx) +
7. Prompt for CHGSPLF2 and enter ALWUSE(*YES). This will force
the use of the DSPSPLF2 function for your job.
8. Use WRKSPLF and the 'Display Spooled File' option for one of
your spooled files. You should see the DSPSPLF2 80 wide
9. See the next section on changing the shipped defaults if
Changing the Shipped Defaults
The defaults shipped with the tool cause the following values when
the TAADSPSPL2 data area is created in QTEMP.
The Security Officer can change the defaults by doing the following:
and key over the existing values.
132 Wide Device Capability
When the TAADSPSPL2 data area is created in QTEMP, the TAA Tool
RTVWSDA is used to retrieve the device type. The device type is then
checked against a list of devices within the program to determine if
the device is 132 wide capable. A Y or N is set in the data area at
position 49. This value is checked if ALWUSE is *DEV78 or *DEV.
The list of devices within the program may not be completely accurate
due to new devices or unknown capability.
If you have a device that is not properly recognized as having 132
wide capability, report it to the TAA Productivity Tools owner for
inclusion in the next update. Use DSPDTAARA of QTEMP/TAADSPSPL2 to
see the device type accessed by RTVWSDA. It will be in positions
41-46 of the data area.
There are two solutions for including the device so it will operate
in 132 wide mode.
** You may use the CHGSPLF2 command for your job and specify
DEV(*NO) to cause the same function as if your device had been
recognized as being 132 wide capable.
** Change the code for the TAASPLWC2 program. As an *ALLOBJ
special authority user, use CPYTAA to copy the TAASPLWC2
source from the TAA Archive to the QATTCL source file in
TAATOOL. Use SEU to edit the source. Scan for 132WIDE. You
will see a series of IF commands. Duplicate one and enter
your device type. Re-create the program in TAATOOL (no
special parameters are needed on the CRTCLPGM command).
Creating a print width file of 78 bytes or less
If you have your own printer file, specify the PAGESIZE parameter so
it is has a width of 78 or less.
If you use QPRINT or one of the system files, you must use an OVRPRTF
command and specify the PAGESIZE parameter.
The program that prints to the file, must restrict itself to 78 bytes
or less. It is not necessary to specify a file length of 78 or less,
but this is a good practice as a compiler (such as RPG) will produce
an error if there is a print end position that is greater than the
** DSPSPLF2 checks the TAADSPSPL2 data area in QTEMP to determine
if the DSPSPLF2 function should be used or the system DSPSPLF
command. See the discussion of the CHGSPLF2 command for how
the internal checking occurs.
** DSPSPLF will automatically be used if the number of print
lines exceeds 9,999 or the number of pages exceeds 1000.
** The device types that are recognized as 132 wide capable may
no be complete. See the section on '132 Wide'.
The following TAA Tools must be on your system:
APPVAL Application value
FILEFDBCK File feedback
RTVWSDA Retrieve workstation attributes
SNDCOMPMSG Send completion message
SNDESCMSG Send escape message
SNDSTSMSG Send status message
None, the tool is ready to use, but to implement a system wide
solution see the section on 'Creating a System Wide Solution for
Objects used by the tool
Object Type Attribute Src member Src file
------ ---- --------- ---------- ----------
DSPSPLF2 *CMD TAASPLW QATTCMD
CHGSPLF2 *CMD TAASPLW2 QATTCMD
TAASPLWC *PGM CLP TAASPLWC QATTCL
TAASPLWC2 *PGM CLP TAASPLWC2 QATTCL
TAASPLWC9 *PGM CLP TAASPLWC9 QATTCL
TAASPLWC12 *PGM CLP TAASPLWC12 QATTCL
TAASPLWR *PGM RPG TAASPLWR QATTRPG
TAASPLWD *FILE DSPF TAASPLWD QATTDDS
TAASPLWC CL pgm
TAASPLWR RPG Pgm
TAASPLWD Dsp file
TAASPLWC2 CL pgm
TAASPLWC9 CL pgm
TAASPLWC12 is the prompt override program for CHGSPLF2.